Cirrhilabrus punctatus

Finespot Wrasse | Black-finned Wrasse | Dotted Wrasse | Fine-spotted Fairy-wrasse | Small-spotted Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus, female, NSW, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus, female, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus, male, Naigani Is, Fiji, Photo: Andrew Green
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus, male, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus punctatus

Distribution

Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Description

Dark upper body, often covered with light blue flecks, white belly, pectoral fin base with black mark; males with long trailing filaments on pelvic fins. Juveniles red-brown with a white tip on snout and usually a dark spot on tail base, variable and similar to other Cirrhilabrus juveniles so best distinguished by nearby adults.


Information

Max Size: 13 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-30.4°C

Depth: 2-78 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 15.91

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.


Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (21.7% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (35 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.


Edit by: Joe Shields